Our football match prediction:
Goodison Park will host Thursday’s football match between Everton and Ruzemberok. The Toffees return to the European stage and they certainly have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Europa League campaign. Top scorer and key player Romelu Lukaku left the club earlier in the summer, but the likes of Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney, Rh-endly Martina and Michael Keane joined the Goodison Park outfit and, no doubt, Ronald Koeman’s troops are capable of recording a good result in the European competition this term. Everton play host to Ruzemberok in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round and we predict that the English side will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash. Ruzemberok did well to eliminate Brann in the previous round, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the double-header against the Premier League side. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
Highlighted Player (Rooney):
Over the years Wayne Rooney has established himself as one of the best English players. “Wazza” was born on 24 October, 1985 and he has played for only two clubs in his senior career. He began his football career at Everton and he scored 15 goals in 67 appearances for the Goodison Park outfit. In 2004 Rooney signed a £25-million-worth deal with Manchester United and he has been playing for the Red Devils ever since. The England attacker won the Champions League trophy with Man Utd in 2008, with the Old Trafford outfit defeating Chelsea on penalties in the title game. The Manchester United attacker has won five Premier League trophies with the English giants (2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2012/2013), while lifting FA Cup title in the 2015/2016 season. Nonetheless, Rooney, has yet to win a trophy with England national team. The 30-year-old ace failed to impress at the Euro 2016 final as he scored no more than one goal (penalty) at the showpiece tournament in France.
Highlighted Team (Everton):
Everton are one of the two Merseyside giants that were formed back in 1878, with the club holding a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool. Everton have participated in the English top flight for a record 113 seasons, with the team competing in the English second tier in just four camaigns. The Toffees play their home matches at Goodison Park, the stadium that was opened in 1892. Everton have won the national championship nine times, with the team winning their last domestic trophy back in 1987. The Toffees have clinched five FA Cup trophies as well and it has to be noted that a victory over Manchester United in the 1994/1995 FA Cup final helped the team win their last title in the prestigious competition. Everton and Liverpool face each other in the Merseyside derby and the clash between the two local rivals has been called the Merseyside derby since 1955. In the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign Everton were hammered by Liverpool (0-4) at Anfield.